FBI issues public appeal to help identify English-speaking IS militant
The FBI has appealed for help in tracking down IS fighters. [Twitter]
The FBI has appealed to the public for any information on individuals who may have travelled abroad to fight alongside Isis.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also seeking details about an “English speaking” Islamic militant seen in a 55 minute video released by Isis, also known as the Islamic State, last month.
“We need the public's assistance in identifying US persons going to fight overseas with terrorist groups or who are returning home from fighting overseas,” said Michael Steinbach, assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.
In a statement on the American agency’s official website Mr Steinbach continued: “No piece of information is too small.”
“Traditionally, the FBI would use other techniques to try to determine who the person was,” Boston FBI special agent Vincent Lisi said to CBS last night.
“We’ve come up empty there now so we need to reach out to the public.”
In the video, released on 19 September, the masked man alternates easily between Arabic and North American accented English as he stands in front of a collection of purported prisoners as they dig their own graves, before apparently presiding over their executions.
“If he is from America, and it sounds like he is, somebody is going to know him,” said Agent Lisi.
Around a dozen Americans are believed to be fighting in Syria under Isis.
“These home grown violent extremists are troubled souls who are seeking meaning in some misguided way,” FBI Director James Comey said during an interview on American news programme 60 Minutes.